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Gear guides
Wet weather gear guide

20/10/2023 10 mins read

Don't get caught out by the rain, be prepared for your next walk with this wet weather gear guide.

Running
High Street Lake District
13 Valleys Ultra

17/10/2023 10 mins read

The 13 Valleys Ultra takes in an unmissable route spanning all 13 valleys of the Lake District National Park. Discover this challenging route which can be enjoyed all year round or in smaller sections for a leisurely walk.

Running
Frog Graham Round

16/10/2023 North West 10 mins read

The Frog Graham is a swim-run challenge involving over 40 miles of running over Lake District fells and swimming two miles across Bassenthwaite Lake, Crummock Water, Buttermere and Derwentwater. OS Champion Alex Staniforth tells us about the route and his experience of the Frog Graham Round.

Places to go
two girls outside
The nation's favourite places

06/10/2023 All of Great Britain 15 mins read

We asked you to share your special place and what it means to you. Discover the nation's favourites outdoor spots and visit somewhere new!

Cycling
Learn to cycle

22/09/2023 5 mins read

Cycling is brilliant for all ages – it’s fun, great physical exercise and provides an opportunity for family adventures outside. This useful learn to cycle guide will help you teach someone to ride for the first time.

Walking
Low lying fog in Elterwater valley
Walks for all types of weather

21/09/2023 All of Great Britain 10 mins read

The Met Office team share their favourite walking and running routes across the UK and tells us how they differ across the seasons. Find walks for different weather conditions from the weather experts.

Family activities
20 activities to try in autumn

18/09/2023 10 mins read

Keep your children busy in autumn with these 20 ideas for fun outdoor activities suitable for all ages.

Places to go
large park
Top 100 largest parks in Britain

13/09/2023 All of Great Britain 15 mins read

Whether you seek nature, history, a place to play or just a moment of quiet, parks have something extraordinary to offer. Here are the top 100 largest parks in Britain.

Walking
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks
Ramblers wellbeing walks

30/08/2023 All of Great Britain 5 mins read

Discover Ramblers Wellbeing Walks; over 50,000 walks taking place all over the country to help improve the nations health and happiness. Here are some of the best Wellbeing Walks for you to join or try in your own time.

Water sports
Trescore Islands paddleboard
Best places to paddleboard in the South West

25/08/2023 South West 10 mins read

OS Champion and author of ‘Paddleboarding South West England’, Lisa Drewe, reveals her favourite places to paddleboard in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Walking
Julia Bradbury
Julia Bradbury's favourite walks

23/08/2023 All of Great Britain 10 mins read

To celebrate her book Walk Yourself Happy, Julia Bradbury shares some of her favourite walks with us and explains why they’re each so special to her.

Cycling
Timmy Mallett cycle Britain
Timmy Mallett cycles Britain

22/08/2023 All of Great Britain

Explore this interactive map of Timmy Mallett’s cycle ride around Britain. See the paintings he's done on route to showcase his love for Britain's coastline.

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